When my wife was 5 months into her pregnancy, she started complaining that she could no longer sleep on her back as it hurt. To make matters worse, she could never sleep on her sides comfortably even before she was pregnant. This concerned me as I was afraid that our baby would be affected by my wife’s lack of sleep. After consulting our obstetrician, we decided to try using a proper pregnancy pillow to see if it could help my wife sleep better on her side.
Pregnancy or maternity pillows often look comfortable, but not all are good enough to give the mother the support she needs. Pregnancy pillows are considerably larger than your average pillow. Most provide a combination of a knee, back and head pillow.
These types of pillows allow the mother to rest her head on the pillow while keeping her knees separated (thus reducing traction of the spine and maintaining its natural position). Such pillows also provides soft support for the back. Post-pregnancy, a good pregnancy pillow should be able to give sufficient support to the mother when breastfeeding.
After much experimentation, here are our top 4 picks of the best pregnancy pillows now available:-
*Due to the constant price changes, every product is represented with a certain number of $ symbols instead:
$ = less than $50 | $$ = Between $50-75 | $$$ = Above $75
The best pregnancy pillow for us was the Leacho Snoogle Total Body Pillow because my wife felt most comfortable using it compared to the other choices that we had. We did try out at least 6 other similar pregnancy pillows before settling for this.
The pillow cover itself is made of polyester and cotton which gives her the fluffiness (important for maximum comfort!) of a feather pillow, albeit at a lower price. Polyster pillows also consist of synthetic fibre, which makes it longer lasting. This type of pillows basically feels the same as feather pillows but is a cheaper alternative to the latter.
The Leacho Snoogle Total Body Pillow curves at the top and bottom to provide support to the head, back and spine when sleeping on the side. It tucks between the legs perfectly, maintaining the distance between the knees to keep that spine in line. For someone who cannot sleep comfortably on her sides, this pillow worked wonders for my wife. Unlike before when she used to wake up multiple times during the night from aches and cramps, she’s now able to sleep through the entire night with it.
Also, my wife had, on several occasions, slept on her back on the pillow without realizing it but she didn’t complain of any pains thereafter. Despite that, we were still careful about it since it is much safer to sleep on the sides especially for those who’re already several months into their pregnancy.
This pregnancy pillow also seems to work fine for breastfeeding as it provides the necessary elevated support for the head, back and spine when nursing. For now though, we still have this pillow stored for further use in the future!